Responsible Travel is offering over 5,000 responsible holidays from 400 holiday providers around the world. It is one of the world’s largest travel companies and an ABTA member.   It is also a travel publisher and has published about 400 destination guides as of November 2017.
The company sells holidays designed to maximize the benefits and minimizes the harm involved in tourism  and was the first of its kind in the world.  Holidays are screened for their compliance with environmental, social and economic criteria with an emphasis on grassroot initiatives and local providers.  The company asks travelers to leave reviews, rating their holidays and the social and environmental credentials from 5 to 1.
Responsible Travel was founded in 2001 by Justin Francis and Professor Harold Goodwin, Director at The International Center for Responsible Tourism.
Anita Roddick of the Body Shop was one of the first investors,  believing that: „Responsible travelers, rather than superficial exoticism, and those who are interested in local communities and conservation. This is the future of tourism. “  The company introduces travelers directly to hotels and catering providers.
According to Simon Calder, Travel Editor at The Independent , „the ResponsibleTravel Business Model Overturned“. Instead of intervening between the tourist and the tourist, the most important agents, Francis urges them to talk directly. “  The company has sold over $ 100 million worth of holidays.  In 2010 www.responsiblevacation.com was launched in the US. The company is based in Brighton , East Sussex UK. As of November 2017 there were 24 employees.
Responsible travel and tourism
Responsible Travel was the „first online guide to responsible international travel“.  Responsible travel and tourism is making better places for people. One of the founding principles of Responsible Travel is to create this new sector of the world.
World Responsible Tourism Awards
In 2004, Justin Francis founded The Responsible Tourism Awards, which were organized by Responsible Travel and hosted by World Travel Market as part of World Responsible Tourism Day. Professor Harold Goodwin of the International Center for Responsible Tourism is Chair of the Judges. The awards are designed to inspire organizations, destinations and individuals working with local cultures, communities and biodiversity – at the forefront of responsible tourism.
Trip For A Trip
In November 2016 Responsible Travel began funding flights to children to the world to visit a local tourist attraction that they have never had before. The company asks its customers to ‚opt in‘ to the scheme to offer a child the opportunity to appreciate the value of their own wildlife, landscapes, history and culture.   Actor and traveler Michael Palin said: „Trip For A Trip sounds an excellent idea. My appetite for travel with day trips, so I know how much they can mean to a child. Good luck and thanks to all who can make this happen. “
In April 2017 Responsible Travel stopped promoting holidays, which was described as „relics of the past“.  The move Was supported by The Born Free Foundation and Was Praised by actress Joanna Lumley: „It only takes one to create a movement for change and it is fabulous to see a travel company being white brave, sticking Their Heads above-the parapet and There are so many great ways to learn about wildlife in the wild, we should be encouraging people to get out of nature, not watching wildlife behind bars. I hope that this will be a great example. “ 
Elephants and tourism
After consulting with local suppliers, NGOs and animal welfare experts, in 2014 Responsible Travel published a guidebook on elephants in tourism, including the rights and wrongs of elephant trekking. The company also evokes its own elephant trekking and elephant performance trips from its collection. 
Whales and dolphins in captivity
In April 2014, the company launched a public petition for the protection of the public. They also released a poll, along with the Born Free Foundation , demonstrating that 86% of the public no longer wanted to see these in captivity. 
In July 2013, Responsible Travel is now suspended 10 trips that involved volunteering for orphanages around the world for ethical reasons.  The company was concerned that well-intentioned volunteers were involved in the treatment of long-term mental health problems.
After Formulating a working group qui included ECPAT , Save the Children , Friends International , People & Places , Professor Harold Goodwin and Daniela Papi, International year advocate for responsible volunteering, the company published new guidelines for partner organizations Wishing to Promote Any trip That Involved volunteering with vulnerable children. As a result, 43 trips were removed from the website in total. 
In 2002 Responsible Travel became one of the first companies  to offer carbon offsets . In October 2009, Responsible Travel stopped offering carbon offsetting  claiming that people were using the offset as an excuse to pollute more.  Responsible Travel founder, Justin Francis, told The New York Times that it has become a „magic pill,“ a kind of get-out-of-jail-free card, „distracting people from making more significant behavioral changes, like flying less . 
In 2004 the company launched – Thomas Cook, Thomson and MyTravel, to implement responsible tourism policies.  The ‚Had Enough‘ petition was widely dissected with mass tourism among ordinary travelers.  Responsible Business Policies. 
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